Well, it's official. My Seven Series characters have run amok and hijacked the train. I had mapped out the plan for each book down to the last. While writing book four, I hit a wall. Something didn't mesh and I really couldn't put my finger on what it was. I decided not to force it because I don't believe in a forced story; it has to tell itself.
This past weekend, I put the book down and started all over. Yep, that's right. From Chapter 1. I had already written 26,000 words. It made sense to give another set of characters a try and see if that felt right. I'd allow myself a couple of chapters and then make the call.
Well, I'm about 7K in and I'm fairly certain that the second attempt is going to be what I run with. I'm feeling, it, I'm excited, I'm getting all kinds of ideas, and that's how I want to feel when I'm writing. It doesn't mean what I've already written will go in the trash. Those characters will just come in the next book, and perhaps by then, I'll be ready for their story. I'm keeping what's written, although who knows, at this point I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to switch up their entire story. I get that there are some authors who bat ideas off of others, or need that friend to help them figure stuff out, but I'm a firm believer that your characters will tell you all you need to know. You just have to learn to listen. And sometimes they're not ready for their story to be told. They're shy, and I'm not about to tie them to a pole and force their story out. (Even though I'm really, really tempted. heh)
It won't mess up the timeline of the series in any way, so that's good. I'm a little behind schedule, but because I'm so excited about this new book, I'm going to be able to knock out more words faster than I would with a book I was struggling with. In fact, this story is taking an unexpected direction as the plot in my head has expanded.
I was just looking at the calendar and realized the cover reveal for SIX MONTHS is next week! My nerves are shot. Pass the whiskey. I design my own covers so I'm biased and love them all, but I'm always a little nervous about ever reveal and every book published. I think I needed a tranquilizer when I published "Twist" because NOBODY has any idea that Logan would be making his introduction, and I knew a lot of readers were going to be thrown for a huge loop. But I'm channeling those nerves into excitement - I feel like I owe that to my characters that I love so much.
Once the reveal goes up, keep an eye out because there will be a goodreads giveaway.